Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu by Donald Chikamatsu

Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu

byDonald ChikamatsuTranslated byDonald Keene

Paperback | September 29, 1997

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Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today by puppet operators and Kabuki actors. Chikamatsu is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition of four of his most important plays includes three popular domestic dramas and one history play.Chikamatsu's domestic dramas are accurate reflections of Japanese society at the time: his characters are samurai, farmers, merchants, and prostitutes who speak colloquially, and who people the shops, streets, teahouses, and brothels that consituted their daily environment. The heroes and heroines of theses plays gain their tragic stature from their conflict with society. "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" and "The Love Suicides at Amijima" became so popular that they initiated a vouge for love suicides, both in life and onstage.Donald Keene's translation of the original text is presented here with an introduction and a new preface to aid readers in their comprehension and enjoyment of the plays.

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Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.

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Title:Four Major Plays of ChikamatsuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pagesPublished:September 29, 1997Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231111010

ISBN - 13:9780231111010

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Table of Contents

Preface IntroductionThe Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Sonezaki Shinju)The Battles of Coxinga (Kokusenya Kassen)The Uprooted Pine (Nebiki No Kadomatsu)The Love Suicides at Amijima (Shinju ten no Amijima)Appendix 1: A Note on Prostitution in Chikamatsu's PlaysApendix 2: Contemporary Puppet Performances of Chikamatsu's PlaysBibliography